MSU Denver Master of Social Work Program Receives Accreditation from Council of Social Work Education
Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Posted: March 17, 2014
(DENVER) — Metropolitan State University of Denver Master of Social Work (MSW) program achieved accreditation from the Council of Social Work Education one year ahead of schedule. Awarded in February 2014, this new status is retroactive to the start of the program that debuted in fall of 2011.
“Accreditation is central to the department and the University because it signifies national recognition of the quality of the program established at MSU Denver,” said Christian M. Itin, Ph.D., Department of Social Work chair and professor. “Students who graduate from our MSW program can be licensed not only in Colorado, but in any state.”
Accreditation is essential to applicants for licensing and job placement. The program has already graduated nearly 100 students, and there are currently 194 students enrolled, with more than 200 applications submitted for fall 2014. Given the growing demand for social workers throughout the country, a field that’s expected to grow by 25 percent by 2020 according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSU Denver is well positioned to offer qualified candidates to meet employer needs.
According to a recent survey of MSU Denver MSW graduates, 77 percent were employed in Colorado. Of those 67 percent found jobs in fewer than three months after graduation and 100 percent found jobs in less than one year after graduation.
“MSU Denver’s MSW program has met a great need in the Denver metro region, providing strong affordable opportunity for social work education that can help advance careers,” said Jennie L. Creasey, LCSW, professional senior services coordinator at Jewish Family Service of Colorado - where many students have been placed in their Senior Solutions Department as part of their social work program placements.
The bachelor’s of social work program received initial accreditation in 1997 and the department’s online bachelor’s program was accredited in 2002, the first and only online accredited BSW program nationally for 10 years. The new master’s program offers a mix of online and in-person classes.
The master’s program offers two primary concentrations: individuals and families, and macro (leadership and management) practice. Within the individuals and families concentration, students can choose a health and mental health track focusing on children/youth/families, adult, older adults or child welfare. Within the macro practice concentration, students are prepared for careers as directors, grant writers, program designers and developers, social entrepreneurs and community leaders. They may also seek careers as legislative advocates and elected officials.
The program is fully accredited until 2018, the maximum time allowed before the next reaffirmation process. In recognition of this milestone, the University is hosting a celebration event on Tuesday, March 18at 6 p.m. at the SpringHill Suite Hotel Denver Downtown to acknowledge those who made this new program a success. To learn more about MSU Denver’s social work programs, visit http://www.msudenver.edu/socialwork/
About Metropolitan State University of Denver
MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.